It’s just two days . . not even two full days . . October 1 when Karen and I are supposed to start our joint project – All of the Lights. Is anyone else doing it with us? If anyone else is doing this and if you want to, you can send me a picture of your yarn and a blurb about it and I’ll add it to the discussion here.
Karen and I have been sending emails back and forth. She started with this yarn – Madelinetosh Farm Twist in Patagonia, which is a color I love, but she felt the cables got lost and I agree.
Then she ordered a couple more yarns and they have arrived but, last we talked, she wasn’t sure about either of them.
It is not my nature to struggle so much with yarn choices but finding my perfect yarn for this project has definitely been a struggle.
This was my first choice but as suspected, the cables got lost in the variegation of color. There are a lot of cables in this pattern and they need to be front and center and not hidden because of yarn color, in my opinion.
In February, after realizing the first swatch wasn’t going to work, I ordered this yarn and, while I love it, it just doesn’t strike me as what I want for this project. But before I gave up on using it, I read that others were running short on yarn so I ordered two more skeins of it so I’ll have plenty to make something.
Next, I swatched with Miss Babs’ Yowza on the left and Madelintosh Tosh DK on the right.
I felt like the Miss Babs yarn was just a little light for this project and wasn’t going to have enough body for all the cables. The Tosh DK . . the color is gorgeous but I am not in love with it for this project. I’m afraid it’s too thick. It feels more like a light worsted weight to me. The little piece I did with cables side by side, even using the suggested size needle which throws my gauge off a bit . . the cables still feel squished together because the yarn is to thick.
I told Karen . . after the Madelinetosh sale, there’s no way I can order more yarn so after lunch, I went digging through the yarn tubs again and came up with what I’m going to try.
This is Wollmeise DK.
The skeins are oversized. Together, the three skeins weighed 638 grams, which is right at 1,500 yards. For some crazy reason, I have 7 skeins, which is about 3,500 yards. That’s more than enough probably for two sweaters!
It’s hard to tell but there’s some small bit of variation in the color so I’m thinking it won’t be totally solid. I wanted a bit of variation vs. something 100% solid.
I’m not swatching. This pattern gives you the gauge for stockinette and I’ve swatched Wollmeise DK before so I know it’s close enough to work for this sweater. The first step in this one is the area where the double cables are and I’ll be able to see right off the bat if I’m liking what’s happening.
If I don’t like it .. ugh! I don’t want to think about that.
I like the color. If you really want the cables to show the effect you want, it seems like you prefer the lighter yarns for that. I think it’s okay if the cables are only hinted at, as in Karen’s first one. I would actually love that design done in that yarn and color.
Nelle Coursey says
I love this color and the variations of color within it! I think this will be beautiful!!
Wollmeise DK has such great stitch definition – I think you have found a winner for your cables.
Lynn D in NC says
Was the Wollmeise yarn you bought for a sweater for Vince?
I’ve decided to use the Pumpkin Spice Cascade DK – it’s a little darker than I like but I think it will work and be a good color for fall/winter.